Obtained: September 2012
I am taking a break from the curb find Raleigh due to a stubborn #@$% bottom bracket cup and so I thought I would post another bike I am working on in tandem with the Raleigh, a 70's something Italian built Fiorelli.
Lots of chrome on the lugs and a crudely welded bottom bracket.
A rather weathered Brooks saddle but wing nut front hub bolts.
I am not really sure what to think but I am a sucker for Italian bikes and it was only $20 so I figured what the heck!
Based on the condition of the saddle, paint and chrome bits it obviously spent too much of its life outside and I am not really sure how much of it I can bring back to life but its worth a try. At the very least I can create a "shabby chic" Italian commuter for someone, rough on the outside mechanically sound on the inside Unlike the curb find Raleigh I have been able to take this bike down to the frame and so while I struggle with the Raleigh's BB cup I will begin working to bring this roughed up Italian back to La Vita Dolce. I am trying to be restrained in this build but I did already decide the headset was too rusty to deal with and have ordered a new Velo Orange Alloy ISO headset.
Ride. Smile. Repeat.